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New Horizons for the Thames Deckway


Summer Newsletter 2019 

The Thames Deckway is an innovative and sustainable floating transport system for cyclists and pedestrians. Our system is a safe, affordable and exciting transport option that uses rivers and inland waterways to transform urban transportation, reduce congestion, and improve air quality and human health. 
 

This summer we'd like to take the opportunity through our newsletter to celebrate the importance of creating positive social impact and engineering solutions for climate action.
Climate change is one of the biggest challenges we face. It will impact every region and every sector of the global economy, impacting also human health and our natural and urban environments. Despite these threats, key sectors such as transport and energy have failed to react and invest in sustainable technologies.
 
It is clear that we require smart, sustainable, and disruptive approaches to urban infrastructure to ensure a better future for people, our ecosystems and planet. Our project is committed to these approaches and to tackling climate change.

For example, our project will address the carbon footprint of travel in cities by reducing motor transport journeys. It will also generate renewable energy from solar, wind, hydro and kinetic sources and will be capable of adapting to climate impacts such as extreme flooding.
 
There is still a long way to go for governments to match climate ambition with concrete investments, but recently we’ve been excited to see that our allies across Europe are committing greater resources to tackle climate change. For example, after meeting with the young climate activist Greta Thunberg, the European Commission announced that, “every fourth euro spent within the EU budget will go towards action to mitigate climate change”. We’re excited about this announcement as it indicates a new commitment and political will for change. We look forward to working closely with our European allies to support ambitious climate action.
We are delighted to be featured in the June edition of The Environment,  a magazine published by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management. The magazine covers all aspects of water and environmental management and is a platform for thought leadership for professional working in these fields, and for consultants, academics, students and apprentices. We  were pleased to contribute our views on the future of the industry and how it can attract and retain female talent.
Each year we dedicate considerable time to building connections and furthering support across sectors including smart technology, civil and water engineering, innovation, sustainable development, circular economy and environmental protection.

Recently, this has included attending the Financial Times’ Time to Change event, the Thames Estuary Partnership Annual Forum, and the London is Open for Collaboration event supported by the Department for International Trade in Paris.
We were proud to be part of two high-profile speaking engagements where we shared our ideas and expertise with the sustainable innovation community.

On the 30th April we participated and spoke in the Solutions Garden at the Cleantech Innovate summit. The event connected the most promising environmental technologies with investors to accelerate results for a more sustainable future. It was a day buzzing with entrepreneurs, investors and enablers committed to tackling climate change and sustainability issues.
In May we attended the Glasgow All Energy Conference which brings together 7000+ renewable and low carbon energy experts ranging from energy suppliers to investors and policy makers. 
 
At the event, we shared our knowledge of sustainable and innovative urban transport by speaking on the panel - Smart Urban Mobility Solutions: Environmental Challenges in Port Cities.

During the conference we were also able to attend the exhibition and sessions such as the Charging Infrastructure panel where we learnt about Triodos Bank's funding models of electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

Glasgow offered us all a warm and friendly welcome in the sunshine and we look forward to growing this positive set of relationships.

Most recently, on the 5th June, we attended the SmartSpace: ESA Business Applications Annual Conference, co-hosted by ESA Business Applications and CNES. Located in Toulouse - the "European Capital of Space" - we heard about how space technology is being applied in downstream applications such as smart health, water management and infrastructure monitoring.

At the end of last year we launched our new website which was developed with the support of the Hiscox Business Accelerator. The competition award involved working closely with Talent Cupboard to create a user-friendly website with a more intuitive design for our communications.
We'll be busy at work over the rest of the summer building new opportunities and securing finance to turn our vision into a reality.

We'd like to thank our supporters for their continued positive messages and we wish you all a fantastic summer.
 
Sincerely,
 
River Cycleway Consortium Ltd
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